Queensland to ease a raft of restrictions from next Tuesday

Queensland to ease a raft of restrictions from next Tuesday

At 4pm next Tuesday, 17 November, a number of COVID-19 restrictions will ease in Queensland allowing more patrons to pack into a variety of different venues.

Of note is the major relaxation of restrictions on venues like pubs, restaurants and clubs, with the state to implement the one person per two square metre rule, effectively doubling the number of patrons allowed in a venue at any one time.

Gatherings inside homes and public spaces will see the maximum capacity rise form 40 to 50 people, and weddings will be allowed to have 200 people in attendance with dancing permitted for all those celebrating.

Funerals will also see the maximum capacity increase to 200 people in attendance.

Open air stadiums will see capacities increase from 75 per cent to 100 per cent, which Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says will allow for a full Suncorp Stadium at the upcoming State of Origin match on 18 November.

For indoor events that are seated and ticketed the state government has increased the capacity cap from 50 per cent to 100 per cent on the condition that patrons wear masks on entry and exit.

Performers at these shows can reduce the distance from the audience from four metres to two metres, except for choirs which must remain four metres away from the audience.

For outdoor events with a COVID Safe checklist up to 15,000 people may attend.

Music festivals will also become viable with the state to allow outdoor dancing.

"There is more good news for Queensland because we have done such a wonderful job," Palaszczuk said.

"Other countries are experiencing third waves with increasing numbers of daily cases.

"Queenslanders are able to enjoy our Queensland way of life and we have to keep up the good work."

Updated at 2.26pm AEDT on 13 November 2020.

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